Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative Announce Professional Development Opportunity




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Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative Announce Professional Development Opportunity

Applications now open for Washington, D.C. workshop SGS Fellow Sayana Ser examines the remains of Hitler's abode, during a field trip to Obersalzberg as part of the 2012 session

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Salzburg Global Seminar are pleased to invite applications for the International Educator Institute.

This professional development opportunity is aimed at those engaged in Holocaust and genocide education residing outside the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

The workshop will be held from September 16-20, 2013, at the USHMM in Washington, DC, and is being offered as part of the USHMM and SGS Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative. 

The Museum will cover all related expenses. Special consideration will be given to candidates applying from the Middle East and North Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe.

To apply, please visit this website. The deadline for receiving applications is Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

For further information please contact: Dan Napolitano or Marie-Louise Ryback.

Ongoing Initiative

The Salzburg Global Seminar’s Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative is an ongoing project that has been developed in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Austrian Foreign Ministry to investigate the links between Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention.

Within the initiative, there are two programmatic strands: one focused on Holocaust Education (under which this opportunity falls), the other focused on Genocide Prevention.

Holocaust Education

The Holocaust Education programs have been running since 2010. These have included a series of working group meetings as well as two larger international conferences that have built on the work of the working groups.

In 2012, a symposium was held to examine the role of the Holocaust as a reference point for educators around the world who teach about human rights and other genocides.

This symposium particularly focused on those countries that were not members of the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research (ITF). 

Participants came from countries as diverse as Mexico, Turkey and South Korea, as well as countries that have suffered their own ethnic violence and genocides, such as Cambodia, South Africa and Armenia, together with countries more commonly associated with Holocaust education, research and commemoration, like Germany, Austria, and the USA, all of which are members of the ITF.

The participants discussed not only how they could better teach about the Holocaust and the connected issues of human rights, shared history, prejudice, state and citizen responsibility and the role of democracy, but also what they could learn from this teaching to better understand and learn about and from their own countries’ violent, in some cases genocidal pasts.

Genocide Prevention

Within this initiative, Genocide Prevention has always been a central point of interest and has been embedded as a conceptual theme and goal in much of the partnered organizations’ work. 

In 2012, a multi-year program in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, focused exclusively on Genocide Prevention.

In September, 2012, the USHMM hosted the first planning meeting for this project.

Key experts were involved in this planning meeting to determine the specific case studies that this project will examine, and to shape its development, with Bosnia and Rwanda tentatively proposed as pilot studies to test which approaches including oral histories, archival documents, witness testimonies, and other primary source materials may provide the most effective means toward formulating a methodology in studying, and ultimately preventing other genocides.